Fonds MS-1227 - Society of Western Canadian Artists fonds

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Society of Western Canadian Artists fonds

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  • Textual record
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CA EDM MS-1227

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  • 2024-04-03 (Creation)
    Society of Western Canadian Artists
  • 1947-2010, predominant 1978-2010 (Creation)
  • 1947-2010, predominant 1978-2010 (Creation)
  • 1947-2010, predominant 1978-2010 (Creation)

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156 cm of textual records and other materials

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Biographical history

Society of Western Canadian Artists (SWCA) started as part of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA). The FCA was formed in 1941 at a conference in Ontario. The FCA organized with the purpose of providing assistance to people who were working in Canadian art. After the FCA organized, chapters were formed throughout Canada between 1946 and 1947, including in Edmonton. The Edmonton chapter disbanded in 1950 and the FCA disbanded at the national level in 1954 forcing chapters to close, except for the Vancouver Chapter. In 1960 the British Columbia Region of the FCA was incorporated.
In 1981 the Edmonton chapter of the FCA reorganized, founding members included Edith Miller, Meredith Evans, Margaret Chappelle, Isabel Levesque, Ken Brown, Jerry Heine, and George Weber. The Edmonton Chapter of the FCA was incorporated under the Societies Act in 1985. By 1998 the Edmonton Chapter was no longer associated with the FCA and became a self-supporting society. This resulted in the changing of name and bylaws and the Society of Western Canadian Artists came to be.
SWCA works to create an environment that allows artists to learn from one another with the motto “Artists helping artists.” Members of the society range from professionals to novice artists, hobbyists, or people who just enjoy art. Membership usually falls between 100 to 150 artists from Edmonton and the surrounding areas.
SWCA offers workshops, exhibitions and featured artist events to help support and connect artists. They also have a library in which members can check out art related materials.

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David Howell was a member of the Society of Western Canadian Artists.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of records pertaining to the operations and functions of the Society of Western Canadian Artists (formerly Federation of Canadian Artists, Alberta Region, Edmonton Branch). The fonds includes correspondence, minutes, reports, financial records, event materials, membership lists, newsletters, and an art print by George Weber. Also included in the fonds are photographs of society members, art, and events, along with signs used at events.

The fonds is arranged into 6 series:

  1. Minutes
  2. Administration
  3. Finances
  4. Events
  5. Newsletters
  6. Photographs

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Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

The fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by David Howell in 2004 and 2018.


The material was arranged by the archivist based on content.
The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EA-826 and ET-35.

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  • English

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Some files are restricted.

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Copyright may apply.
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Finding aids

File list available online.

Associated materials

Federation of Canadian Artists fonds (R7933-0-9-E) at Library and Archives Canada

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Further accruals are expected.

General note

Accession numbers: A2004-148, A2018-120.


Conservation copies made of some newspaper clippings, faded textual records, and post it notes.

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Some water damage to corner of artwork. Some clippings are laminated.

Physical description

246 photographs. - 1 artwork. - 74 slides. - 3 signs. - 6 collages

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City of Edmonton Archives

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